Football is arguably the most entertaining sports to follow and play on your PS4 as well. But have you ever tried putting on your studs and actually taking the field? If yes, you know what an exceptional game it is. And if not, you are missing out on one hell of an experience. If words ‘one hell of an experience’ are not good enough to convince you, here are 15 benefits of playing football, which will definitely change your mind:
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are undoubtedly amongst the best footballers of all time. But they would have never achieved such heights without support from their respective teams. And that is the beauty of football – You are nothing without your team.
Playing football with your friends teaches a lot about teamwork and unselfishness. Supporting your teammates and working in a team is one of the most essential values in life. And football is a great teacher for that.
Both lower and upper body strength are very important factors in football. It won’t take long to build the lower body strength if you play football on a regular basis as running on the field, shooting, passing, jumping and tackling are essentials of football. And the same goes for upper body strength. Shielding the ball, throw-ins, holding off the opponent all require upper body strength. So football helps you build muscle strength of the entire body.
3Increases Aerobic Capacity
Football requires an incredibly high level of stamina due to all the running. Hence, playing football increases aerobic capacity as you go from walking to sprinting a number of times during the game. The game also requires fast recovery to be able to do the same thing again – One hell of an exercise to build your stamina!
4Improves Cardiovascular Health
On average, a player runs 8 to 11 kilometres during a football game. And with all the running on the field throughout the game, the heart rate always stays up. And it is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise, which is an excellent way to keep your heart healthy. Due to constant movement on the field and high heart rate, football helps you resist plaque buildup in coronary arteries.
5Lowers Body Fat and Improves Muscle Tone
Playing football is a great way to burn fats and calories due to all the physical workout a player goes through. It also helps build more muscle mass and get a toned body. Football players even burn more calories during the game than a regular workout.
6Increases Bone Strength
The weakening of bones is among the most significant health issues for older people. But football helps increase the body strength of the body’s skeletal frame. And it goes a long way to keep bones strong as you get older.
There is no football without co-ordination. With dribbling, sprinting, twisting and turning, body co-ordination is critical throughout the game. And of course, hand-eye co-ordination is crucial for passing the ball and receiving the pass. It is also essential to be aware of your own and your teammate’s positioning on the field.
Football might be fun to play, but it demands 100% dedication from players during the game. As mentioned earlier, upper and lower, both bodies are used during the game, and hence, it is must to commit yourself physically. One must be physically tough enough to fight for the ball and go in for a tackle without having second thoughts.
And while you fight for the ball or slide into a tackle, mental strength is just as important. If you are not 100% mentally committed, there is every chance that you might get things wrong. There are very few games which can teach you both physical and mental strength at the same time and football is one of them.
10Increases Cognitive Brain Function
Concentration is one of the most crucial parts of football. With the quick pace of the game and the requirement of quick decision making, one cannot succeed without proper focus. At the same time, persistence equally necessary for the game of football. It all helps in improving cognitive brain functions.
11Increase Confidence and Reduce Anxiety
With the physical strength and stamina built by playing football, a player becomes confident both on and off the field. It also helps the player’s self-esteem in his/her personal life. And as a proper workout, football releases feel-good endorphins which help reduce the stress and anxiety.
12It’s a way of living
It is very difficult to leave football once you start playing the game regularly. It simply becomes a crucial part of your life and a way of living. You start relating everything with football. After the game, you either celebrate your good performance or in case of poor performance, set a goal to make amends for it the next time you enter the field.
With regular practice, discipline and diet, football not only helps you on the field but it becomes your way of living for the rest of the life. Down the road in 10-15 years, you might be too busy actually to play football but the values that football has taught you will stick with you forever.
13Within the Lines
Football is a complicated game if you take rules and regulations into consideration. But you cannot succeed in the game without following those rules. So with regular practice, you learn to respect those rules and stay within your lines. And no matter what a Bollywood movie might day, following rules and staying within the lines is the best way of living.
14Anyone and anywhere
There is a reason why football is nicknamed ‘The Beautiful Game’ – It does not differentiate based on your race and religion. Rich or poor, anyone can play the game of football. All you need is a ball at the feet and goalposts. And it certainly doesn’t get any better than that!
15There is a glorious career waiting at the end of it all
This might be a little farfetched to think of, especially in India. But if you are really dedicated to football and ready to give your best in practice sessions and matches you play, there is every chance that you might have a career in football. And there is no need to explain what a glorious career one can have as a footballer.